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ACI205 - Lighting Design 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125

ACM205 Lighting Design 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting

Unit chair:

Daniel Armstrong


2 units from: ACI101, ACI102, ACM101, ACM102, 



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


This unit introduces students to application of lighting for photography, both natural and artificial and the way in which lighting shapes the aesthetics, mood and formal structure of all photographic images. Students will gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the application of various lighting solutions.

This unit provides an introduction to evaluating, working with and controlling ambient natural light as well as providing an introduction to small strobe flash and portable flash kits. Various other types of continuous artificial lighting will also be considered.

Students will undertake exercises which will address various genre and styles such as portraiture and architectural utilising ambient location lighting, low light environments, combined ambient and artificial lighting and various experimental approaches.

The history and theory of lighting and work of significant practitioners will be considered in relation to creative practice assignments.

This unit prepares students with the skills required for ACI302.


Ambient natural lighting project 20%

Artificial lighting project 50%

Genre lighting design project 30%

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